A to Z: Scarlet Feverenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about scarlet fever,an illness with a characteristic rash that is caused by a strep infection.scarlet fever, strep, strep throat, infection, skin infection, bacteria, bacterial, toxin, rash, CD1Primary Care02/18/201304/11/201909/02/2019f76ea231-c49d-41bf-a21c-9dd88db45e84https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-scarlet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/scarlet-fever.html/">Scarlet fever</a>, common in kids, is caused by a bacterial infection (either <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">strep</a> throat or a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> infection).</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The bacteria that cause scarlet fever sometimes produce a toxin (poison) that causes a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rashes-sheet.html/">rash</a> in people who are sensitive to it. This red, bumpy rash spreads over most of the body and is what gives scarlet fever its name. It usually resembles a bad sunburn with tiny bumps and it may itch.</p> <p>The rash usually starts to fade after about 6 days, but then may peel for several weeks until the skin is healed. Antibiotics are the main treatment for scarlet fever, and help most kids feel better quickly.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Kids with scarlet fever are contagious until they have taken antibiotics for 24 hours and should be kept at home during this time.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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